Certain cases involving severe farsightedness and nearsightedness, where LASIK is not an effective option, have been treated with implantable contact lenses (ICLs). ICL placement has been used as an alternative to laser surgery when the level of vision correction that a patient needs cannot be accomplished with less invasive measures.
ICLs are similar to the intraocular lenses (IOLs) that are used in cataract surgery. However, unlike the process used in cataract surgery, the implantable contact lens is inserted without removing the natural lens.
When placing an implantable contact lens, the eyes are first treated with drops and a local anesthetic. The surgeon then creates an incision and places the implantable lens between the clear outer film of the eye and the iris (the colored portion of the eye). Small, dissolvable sutures close the incision. The whole procedure lasts around 15 to 30 minutes.
Please note that LASIK MD does not offer ICL treatment at this time.